LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson Announces 4 Planned Temples

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 3, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday announced plans to build four new LDS Temples.

In a brief talk during the Sunday morning session of LDS general conference, Monson reflected on the growth of the temple program over his adult life.

“When I became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963, there were 12 operating temples in the entire church,” said Monson, 88.

“With the dedication of the Provo City Temple two weeks ago, there are now 150 temples in operation throughout the world. How grateful we are for the blessings we receive in these holy houses.”

The LDS Church shared video of Monson’s 55-second announcement. To see it, click the link above.

The LDS Church shared details on the locations of the four temples Monson announced:

Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is home to approximately 14.2 million people and more than 26,000 members of the church, according to information from com. The temple planned for Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital and most populous city, will be the first in the country.

Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is home to approximately 15.8 million people and more than 230,000 members of the Church. The temple in Quito, Ecuador’s capital and second most populous city, will be the country’s second Mormon temple.

Belém, Brazil
Nearly 1.3 million of Brazil’s 204 million people are members of the LDS Church. Six operating temples (Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo) currently dot the country. Another temple is under construction in Fortaleza, and two others are announced for Rio de Janeiro and now Belém.

Lima, Peru
Peru is home to approximately 30 million people and 557,000 members of the Church. The country has two operating temples (Lima and Trujillo) and two temples that have been announced (Arequipa and the new temple announced in Lima). The first temple in Lima was dedicated in 1986.


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